The Common Reading Experience 2010-2011

About No Impact Man

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Author and daughter
The author and daughter Isabella in their New York City vegetable garden. Still-frame from movie trailer for movieNo Impact Man.

“What does it take to live eco-effectivley? For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride. Together they attempted to make zero impact on the environment while living right in the heart of Manhattan, and this is the sensational, funny, and consciousness-raising story of how they did it. With No Impact Man, Beavan found that no-impact living is worthwhile — and richer, fuller, and more satisfying in the bargain."

— From the publisher, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Did you know?

Heisenberg and Bohr
Henry David Thoreau

This is not the first book to chronicle one man's quest for a simpler life. Writer and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau, spent 2 years in a self-made cabin along the shores of Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts beginning in the summer of 1845. His account of this "experiment" can be read in Walden; or, Life in the Woods.

Jon Krakauer's book, Into the Wild, recounts the tragic true story of 23-year old Chris McCandless, who in April 1992 abandoned his possessions, including a $24,000 savings account he donated to charity, and hiked into the Alaskan wilderness to live off the land. He was found dead by hunters four months later.

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